Dave & Buster’s fuels fun with 40,000 square feet of food, video games, more
Tending bar in 1992, Rob Peterson, then 23, could not have imagined his career trajectory with Dave & Buster’s.
Back then, the sports bar and arcade had just opened in Atlanta, the chain’s fourth location overall, and the first outside Texas, its state of origin.
At 11 a.m. Monday, doors will open at the Dallas chain’s 132nd store, the first in Lee County. Dave & Buster’s has a presence in 39 of the 50 states, plus Canada and Puerto Rico.
Peterson, now 50, finds himself as the general manager at 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 400, Fort Myers, a spot better known by locals as the former Saks Fifth Avenue at the northernmost point of the Bell Tower Shops.
The shops have been up-and-down in terms of keeping tenants. Many centers in Southwest Florida have lost big box stores in recent years. The Saks space meant fewer visitors while it was empty, but it also offered opportunity.
Dave & Buster’s suddenly could create a surge of more men and more families to the Bell Tower shops.